1411 N 27th St.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
Phone: 618-246-0033

Open weekends from the first full weekend in May through the last full weekend in October.


10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Docents are available for tours.  Admission is free although donations are appreciated.

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 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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Our goal with this entire web site is to create an invaluable resource for teachers, students, home-schoolers and life-long learners, an aid to help you view U.S. and world history through the lens of local history. Almost every subject you might cover in your social studies classes had an impact on local history and local folks were often involved in these larger stories. When you teach history from this local perspective then the big ideas are not long ago and far away, they become personal. In less than six degrees of separation we can help you connect your students to the passion and enthusiasm that makes history real and exciting: My grandpa fought in World War II or my grandma was a Rosie the Riveter. I had a great-great uncle who died at Gettysburg, or my neighbor was in Washington D.C. for Rev. Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech. We will help you inspire your students to find these stories.

Help us help you to make history relevant. Please join us as we create tools to motivate students to want to learn more, to do original research, write and publish their findings, using the latest technology!

Over time we will create more original lesson plans, provide a place to share some of your best lessons, and aggregate great ideas we find on other historical web sites. With your help we are building a platform for students to publish research, post short documentaries, and become players on history’s stage!

For Teachers, here is more information about field trips, our school loan program, and upcoming events, click here.

Here are several Articles that you might find useful and inspiring, click here.

Here are several of the Lesson Plans we have already posted, click here.

Here is a place for Teacher Login to submit some of your classroom tested lessons, click here.

Please bookmark this page, come back often as we grow, and let us know if you have a specific interest or need we can help you explore! Contact Us